By Ron Paxson, Special to the Independent
After the Patriot’s Day Parade, VFW squared off for the season opener for the majors division at Riddle Field.
Home team Rotary quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a walk by Remy Mackel, a double by Nate Hunt, and a fielder’s choice lead with Mackel and Hunt scoring.
VFW came back to tie the game in the second inning with a single by Jack Dickerson, Dean Nunis got on base, walks by Jonah Reynolds and Bryce Campanelli and Connor Brashiers, who knocked two more runs in with a double to go ahead by 3-2.
Rotary tied up the game 3-3 in the third by Henry Schineller singling and Alden Stoneman bunting to bring him in. In the top of the fourth inning, VFW put another run on the board when Jack Loechner doubled, Cole Paxson moved him to third base and Brandon Marquez singled to knock Loechner in.
With the game on the line going into the top of the sixth inning, Jack Dickerson singled, John Russo singled and Billie Howie knocked in Dickerson. Locehner walked and with the bases loaded Paxson blasted a grand slam deep into the right center field trees. Finishing off the scoring Jack Dickinson singled, Dean Nunis singled, Reynolds singled and the game ended in the bottom of the sixth with three up three down.
Rox Paxson is baseball parent.
Sportsworld Pitchers Throw No-hitter in Season Opener
By Taylor Pillsbury, Special to the Independent
Laguna Beach’s iconic Riddle Field has never looked better, thanks to the transplanted infield grass from Angel Stadium.
As impressive as the field, was the Sportsworld pitching duo of Blake Pivaroff and Kent Cebrerros, who led their team to an 8-0 victory over Morgan Stanley in the Laguna Beach Little League AAA Division season opener on Tuesday, March 8.
Sportsworld’s Pivaroff fanned 10 batters in five innings. Morgan’s Nolan Smith managed to get on base with a walk, but was caught stealing home thanks to a defensive play by Sportsworld catcher Dillon Gaboury. Kent Cebrerros completed the no-hitter by facing three batters in the sixth inning.
In addition to his lights out pitching performance, Pivaroff led the offensive charge by Sportsworld, going three for three at the plate. Christian Holm and Jett Rocha also notched hits for Sportsworld. Josh McManus pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts to start the season for Morgan Stanley.
Taylor Pillsbury is a baseball parent.